A well-attended annual conference of the Iowa Public Airports Association highlighted how the organization has mobilized its resources across the state to promote aviation as a career path, said AOPA Central Southwest Regional Manager Tom Chandler.
The Iowa Public Airports Association had its annual event April 12 through 14 in Cedar Rapids.
The Iowa Public Airports Association, as part of its promotion of public airports through activities including “legislative advocacy, education, and collaboration within the aviation community,” also is pitching in to raise awareness of aviation’s professional opportunities.
The group has been reaching out to high school guidance counselors across Iowa to make them aware of resources on higher education for students interested in aviation-related fields. Members of the Iowa Public Airports Association also plan to attend a conference for the high school counselors and provide educational materials for their students on a wide variety of aviation careers, Chandler said.